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Weather  and climate depend on various factors over which we have no control. However, we can adapt to this by dressing appropriately for the weather. We can take care of a good living climate ourselves. Temperature, humidity, drafts, odors and pollutants have a significant influence on well-being in rooms.

Proper ventilation against mold and pollutants

Our modern construction with good seals and effective thermal insulation has advantages: We have a high level of living comfort and low heating costs. What is lost is the ventilation of apartments and houses, which is undesirable in older buildings but nevertheless useful. With the result that our living spaces are threatened by moisture and thus mold and pollutants and toxins can accumulate due to the lack of air exchange.

The only thing that helps is regular and correct  airing . This is best done 3-4 times a day through cross ventilation: Open two opposite windows and ventilate for about 5 minutes. The heating should be turned off beforehand to save energy. 

Caution:  When it’s cold outside, you shouldn’t air the room for too long. Because this cools down the walls and furniture. If the heating is turned up again after the windows are closed, the temperature differences between the warming air and the cold walls and furniture are too great and large quantities of water vapor condense. The walls and the air in the room become damp.

humidity in rooms

The humidity of the rooms is also important, both for the mucous membranes in the mouth and nose and for personal well-being. The easiest way to increase the humidity is to use water vaporizers that are hung on the radiators.  Add a few drops of essential oils  to taste for a fresh scent  .

Attention:  The higher the humidity, the lower the temperature must be. When the air humidity is high, the body’s own cooling effect through perspiration is lower – the ambient temperature can be lower. The humidity can be checked with so-called hygrometers, which are available from as little as 5 euros.

Avoid pollutants

Of course it should be clean in our private environment, i.e. at home. But please not sterile. Because the human body is not defenseless against microorganisms. Rather, he is used to dealing with them without falling ill. Disinfection should therefore not be an issue in the private sphere and under normal conditions. Because not only the bad, i.e. disease-causing germs are killed, but also the harmless ones. And you deprive the body of the opportunity to train its defences.

  • Wall paint:  It is good to choose low-emission paints and paints. If wall paints have been awarded the “Blue Angel” they do not emit any or hardly any substances that are hazardous to health.
  • Furniture:  They can be treated with dangerous substances, eg with harmful paints or glues. Various seals of quality provide orientation, for example the RAL seal of quality, the “Golden M” – from the “Deutsche Gütergemeinschaft Möbel” or the “Blue Angel” badge. These products have been tested in independent laboratories according to strict criteria.
  • Floor coverings:  They can release numerous harmful substances. Formaldehyde or even PCP are often found in cheap products. PVC floors can evaporate ecologically questionable softeners, glued-down carpets can evaporate solvents. But natural materials can also be treated with pyrethroids (insecticides) to protect against moths.
  • Tips for carpets: 
    • for allergy sufferers: if at all, it is better to buy short-pile than long-pile carpets, as they bind dust better
    • It is better to stretch the carpet than to glue it
    • Note before you buy:  tested for harmful substances  does not necessarily mean  free of harmful substances .
  • Asbestos:  Banned in Germany since 1993. Nevertheless, it can still be found in night storage heaters, insulating panels, insulation and the backs of worn-through PVC floors. If there is a suspicion of asbestos, you should under no circumstances take action yourself and tear the floors out of the apartment, for example. The released asbestos fibers can be carcinogenic. Better hire a specialist company.
  • Electrosmog:  Electric and magnetic fields are created where there are power lines, cables and transmitters. Radio frequency electromagnetic fields are generated by cordless telephones, cell phones, cell phone shielding products, wireless “networks”, wireless headphones, microwave ovens or baby monitors. Therefore, avoid using unnecessary electronic devices in the bedroom in particular and switch off your mobile phone at night.

4 care tips

  1. Caring for wooden furniture and making it shine: For the furniture polish, put 125 ml good  olive oil  and 1/4 teaspoon lemon oil in a bottle. Apply the mixture (shake well before application) thinly to the furniture and allow to dry briefly. Then polish with a soft dust cloth.
  2. Remove water marks on wooden furniture: Simply cut a walnut in half and rub the water mark several times with it.
  3. Vinegar glass cleaner: Mix 170 ml water, 90 ml vinegar essence and 2 drops of lemon oil. Practical: keep the solution in a spray bottle.
  4. Natural drain cleaner: It is used to prevent soap residue and grease in the sink once a week. To do this, pour 60 g sodium bicarbonate, 110 g  salt  and 125 ml vinegar essence into the drain. Rinse with boiling water after a quarter of an hour.

 

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